The 'emotional roller coaster' of England's dramatic triumph over Australia highlights just why the cauldron of an Ashes series is like no other in cricket, says Ian Bell following one his most iconic innings during the victory at Trent Bridge.
England secured victory shortly after lunch on Sunday afternoon with Australia needing just 15 runs to record a win that had seemed beyond their reach, with Brad Haddin and James Pattinson providing the tourists with more than a glimmer of hope.
Haddin, however, after 215 minutes at the crease succumbed to Anderson at the last, as the Lancastrian seamer produced one final moment of inspiration having done for three other Australian batsmen on the final morning of the first Test.
A win for England brought about an end to one of the most absorbing Ashes matches of recent times, and proved to be an ideal example of why an Ashes series is so unique in a sport that brings drama at every turn.
"It's the kind of cricket that only Ashes cricket brings - that really intense cricket," Bell told GiveMeSport.
"There was some highs and lows for both teams all of the way through. It was an emotional roller coaster really."
Bell's knock of 109 in England's second innings showed the batsman at his intelligent and industrious best, as he worked the ball beautifully behind square to provide England with a significant platform for victory.
It was the 31-year-old's 18th century in 89 Tests for his country, and one he holds in as high regard as any he has played for England over the course of his international career.
"To play that type of innings at that time in the game was really nice," Bell added. "Obviously, looking back it would definitely be there with one of my best innings."